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Fall Beauty Haul 2014

Finally crawling out from under my rock. I finally, finally got to see a neurologist today so I am praying that we can finally get these migraines under control so I can finally open my black out curtains and spend more than ten minutes in front of the computer screen without wanting to cry.

I will put up a post tomorrow with all the details of the visit and plans moving forward so I wanted to hop back in the blogosphere with something light-hearted so I wanted to share about my fall beauty haul and give some mini-reviews of the goodies I picked up on a blissful afternoon out of the house. I had just completed a project so I had a little fun money so I decided to do a little fall shopping.

 

Fall Beauty Hall 2014

 

I will start with September’s Ipsy bag. I have not shared the last two months because honestly, there was nothing really in either bag worth sharing. The only standout from July or August was a deluxe sample of the new Urban Decay Perversion Mascara which was amazing. I really didn’t want to like it but I really loved how black it was and how it made my lashes look. I just cannot talk myself into spending $22 on a mascara (even for a special occasion like my birthday).

Here are the September goodies:

September 2014 Ipsy Bag

 

I was actually very excited about this bag. The bag itself was adorable (hello, studs and gray? LOVE). Here is info on the items I received:

Crown Brush Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush: This was a nice brush. I don’t really use the crease end but I use the shadow end often and its really soft and does a good job blending out eyeshadow.

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Basic Instinct: I am a fan of lip gloss and like nude glosses but as a very fair girl, I have to be very careful with the shade I use or else I look dead. This is one of those shades that make me look dead. The formula of the product is nice and the gloss felt nice on my lips but the shade was off for me personally.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask: Considering the abuse I put my hair through between lightening and coloring, I am always up for trying products that help repair some of the damage and keep my hair as healthy as possible. This mask was nice. I don’t dislike it but I can’t say that I am wowed by it either. It is hard to compare to the awesomeness of the NYC*EVA hair mask I received in a bag a few months ago (I promptly went out and bought the full size. That is how amazing it is).

NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Velvet: I am a huge fan of NYX. They have great products at great prices. This color is a perfect transition/crease shade. Love these shadows.

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish in Red Red Wine: I had received an eyeshadow duo from Pacifica in an Ipsy bag a few months ago and wasn’t really impressed but I really like this nail polish. The formula is nice, was easy to apply and the color is absolutely perfect for fall.

 

On my afternoon beauty shopping trip, the first stop I made was at Sally Beauty because I really wanted to find a product to both repair and protect my hair. Like I said before, I know I can be pretty rough on it and now that I am trying to grow it back out, I need to try to keep it as healthy as possible.

Sally Beauty Healthy Hair Products

When I went in Sally Beauty, I picked up two products from the brand Zotos Professional. I had never heard of the brand before but I thought I would try it out (there was a buy one get one free sale so it didn’t hurt to give it a try!). I picked up the 180Pro Heat Rescue Leave-In Hydrator and the 180Pro Miracle Repair Damage Eliminator Treatment. So far I really like them and I have no complaints. Once I have been using them awhile, I can make a better judgement but so far so good!

 

The last stop of the afternoon was Ulta. I have only recently discovered Ulta (in the last six months or so) but I am hooked. I love that they have both drugstore and high end brands (even though, let’s face it, I can only shop on the drugstore side but it can be fun to browse!). I like to shop online to take advantage of Ebates but afternoon trips to Ulta have become a fun girls’ day outing with Abby and my surrogate niece/daughter/family Taylor.

These were some of the goodies (the second picture shows swatches of colors from left to right):

Fall Beauty Hall 2014

FALL BEAUTY HALL 2014

 

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Sangria (actually picked up at CVS): This was actually the first lipstick I have ever tried from Milani but have heard raving reviews. I love their blushes, eye liners, and lip glosses so I was excited to finally try a lipstick and the color is perfect for fall.

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Berry Tempting (CVS): This is third lip gloss I have tried and I love it just as much as I love the others. Beautiful shade for fall!

ELF Studio Eye Refresh (Target): Eh, not too much to say. Glad I only paid $3. Thumbs down.

NYX Lip Pencil in Blackberry: Not sure why the color swatches so weird. It looks brown in the picture but its really just a darker berry color. Points lost on my end for not noticing sooner. Apologies.

NYX Simply Vamp Lip Crayon in She Devil: These lip crayons are AMAZING! I am loving the darker, vampy colors for fall so when I saw that NYX put out a new line, I was super excited. Unfortunately I was not the only one that was excited because there was only one left in the entire collection in store. The sales associate said they few off the shelf. I was only able to pick up She Devil in store but have recently ordered three more online when Ulta had a NYX 40% off sale last week! I picked up Temptress, Covet, and Bewitched and they are just as gorgeous!

Ulta Legendary Lengths Mascara: Stores sure know how to market and put just the right products in the checkout line to catch your attention. I have never tried any of the Ulta brand makeup but needed a new mascara so I picked this one up as it was on sale for $5. Its not a bad mascara but I’m not wowed. I like really black, really dramatic lashes so this didn’t quite reach that bar. It is a drier formula (which many people like) but its just not my preference, especially for top lashes. I will definitely use it up for either a base coat or my lower lashes but I probably wouldn’t repurchase this particular formula.

Prestige Cosmetics Brow Builder: I’ve never tried a gel eyebrow product before so I wanted to give this a shot. I tried it a couple different times to try to get the hang of it before making a judgement but this will be going back. I don’t think its necessarily the product that is the problem but its more of a color issue. This shade (medium/dark) is definitely too red for my brows. I may have better luck with the eyebrow pencil which has a wider color range.

Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Liners in Deepest Black and Daring Green: These eye liners are amazing. I am definitely not a pro at putting on eyeliner. These liners have a smooth texture that just seems to glide on. I don’t think they would be the best option for winged liner but are otherwise fantastic and great for the waterline.

Prestige Cosmetics Total Intensity Shadow in Hocus Pocus: O-M-G. This has to be one of the most gorgeous shadows I have ever tried. The duo chrome finish is gorgeous and absolutely perfect for fall. This shadow reminds me a lot of the Shade Shifter Shadows from Kat Von D which I love (but it looks like they may be getting discontinued). This shadow is very close to KVD’s On The Road. I most definitely want to try out more of these Prestige shadows! The eyeshadow swatch below Hocus Pocus is the NYX Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Velvet and the lip gloss swatch to the right is the Cailyn lip gloss in Basic Instinct.

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish in Make Waves: I haven’t tried this yet but I thought the color was absolutely beautiful! I originally found a similar shade in a Zoya polish but didn’t want to pay $9 for a nail polish so I am glad I found a cheaper alternative!

Revlon ColorStay Makeup in Ivory: Like one of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus says, I am a pale princess. In a society that likes to equate beauty with a tan, I am happy to embrace my paleness. It just stinks sometimes trying to find a foundation that is light enough. There is no makeup sin worse than wearing foundation that is too dark or that just doesn’t match. Because I battle redness and the attractive butterfly rash, I prefer full coverage foundations and this one gets rave reviews so I am excited to give this a try.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Light: Going into menopause at 26 has not been too kind for my skin and I feel like I’ve lost some of my youthful glow. This product comes in four different shades which can be mixed into your foundation for an allover glow or you can use a sponge or stippling brush for specific areas you would like to highlight such as the tops of your cheekbones. Being fair I found this product perfect of my skin tone and would be interested to try the other pink and peach shades!

 

My apologies for the length of this post but I hope I have been able to show off some fun products to try out or add to your collection for fall! Is there an awesome product that you love for fall that I should check out? 

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Old School Blogging, June Edition


It is time for another round of Old School Blogging hosted by the fabulous duo – ThetaMom and Miss Elaine-ous! Be sure to stop over and check it out!
 

Alphabet Meme

A. Attached or Single? Attached to my dream man John!

B. Best Friend? Tough call between John, Mama, or my Charlie

My Best Friend and Husband

C. Cake or pie? Hands down cake! I love a good pie but man, I love love love cake! Especially with buttercream frosting! Yum!

D. Day of choice? Wednesdays – Ghost Hunters premieres in 2 days 🙂

E. Essential Item? Laptop.

F. Favorite color? Pink or Black

G. Gummy bears or worms? worms for sure!

H. Hometown? Rome, NY was where I was born but I grew up in Covington, VA so I would consider that my hometown,

I. Favorite Indulgence? mani/pedi

J. January or July? July since we get some time to be away!

K. Kids? 1 adorable little girl!

Our Daughter Through the Miracle of Adoption
L. Life isn’t complete without? Jesus

M. Marriage date? 5/21/05

N. Number of brothers/sisters? 1 brother and 1 sister (and yes I was the middle child)

O. Oranges or Apples.  Apples! Granny Smith please 🙂

P. Phobias? Spiders! Ack!

Q. Quotes:

2 Timothy 1:7
R. Reasons to smile?  There are so many…the love of my Savior & Creator, my amazing family, even though things have been really tough physically the last two days I am here and breathing!

S. Season of choice? Fall! By far my favorite!

T. Tag 5 People.  Brooke  Diane Emily Kim  The Norwegian Girl

U. Unknown fact about me? I had my heart set on attending another college and only made a campus visit to this one to satisfy my parents and be able to tell the school I didn’t like them and to quit calling. It backfired on me. I fell in love with it! Two years later I met me husband there!

V. Vegetable? Do potatoes count as vegetables?

W. Worst habit? When I get anxious I destroy my nails. Absolutely destroy them! I’ve considered getting tips done just to help protect them but currently I cannot justify that expense

X. Xray or Ultrasound? I’ve had so many of those bad boys in the last year I probably glow green

Y. Your favorite food? Italian!

Z. Zodiac sign? Libra!

Okay, now it is your turn to do the Alphabet Meme!  Either answer the questions on your blog and come back and leave me a link or answer in the comments! I would love to hear your answers!

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Old School Blogging


I am excited to be linking up with The Miss Elaine-ous Life & ThetaMom for another round of Old School Blogging! Sometimes its fun to do a throw-back survey and enjoy getting to know others in the blogging community! I love these things! A new Old School Blogging meme will go live every month! Be sure to check out the link-up and follow the hashtag #OSBlog!
 

Onto March’s questions:

 What were you doing 10 years ago?

At this time 1o years ago, I was preparing like mad for my senior recital! I was a music education major in college and my primary instrument was the horn! I know, I know. The absolute geekiest instrument on the face of the planet! I enjoyed it though as well as taking voice lessons, singing in the choir, and praying to pass my piano proficiency so I could complete my student teaching!

Senior Year College Choir Tour

This was me on choir tour my senior year!

 

What 5 Things Are On Your To-Do List:

Purchase tile for our bathroom floor

Shop for new cell phone

Take photos & list clothes on Poshmark

Survive my last week of work

Complete all the paperwork associated with the previous item

 

What Are 5 Snacks You Enjoy?

String cheese

Sugar-free pudding

Jelly Beans

Apple slices

Grapes

 

Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire:

Donate to our church & favorite charities

Purchase a newer car (we are rocking a ’95 and a ’03)

Completely gut our kitchen

I’m sure I would fill out my closet a little bit

Disney, Disney, and more Disney

 

Some places you have lived:

Rome, NY (born there)

Charleston, SC

A small town in Virginia and then

an even smaller town in North Carolina

 

Name some bad habits you have:

Destroying my nails when I’m anxious

Becoming completely overwhelmed by little things when I flare

Two words – Road Rage.

 

Name some jobs you have had:

I totally rocked the Wendy’s uniform after high school

I have worked at both a department store and overstock bookstore

I have also worked at a ropes course and as a children’s minister

 

How would you answer these questions?

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48 Things You May Not Have Known

I was relaxing and going through my Google Reader when I came across this post by ThetaMom (who is pretty much amazing and if you do not follow her blog you really need to. Like right now). I suddenly flashed back to my college days where I would spend obscene amounts of time procrastinating by filling out the 67th version of an About Me survey on MySpace! How could I pass up an opportunity to reminisce on a Friday night?

Ok, I realize it totally proves I have absolutely no life but I’m ok with that. Fridays are totally my down nights. The work week usually wears me out so I spend Friday nights winding down so I can hopefully have some energy for the weekend with the family! I’ve got shopping to do tomorrow so I need to save my energy!

 

Here are 48 things you may not have known about me:

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? 

Both of my parents! My dad’s name is James and I have my mom’s middle name!

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

Last night. Pain was high. Endo sucks.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?

Not really. When I was younger I used to practice in hopes of learning to like my handwriting but still not really a fan. I definitely have handwriting envy when I see pretty handwriting. I probably love handwriting-inspired fonts too much as a result.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

Turkey!

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

One and likely done.

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

Hahaha. I think so!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?

Probably too much!

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

Yes!

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

I think so!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

Oh my! Such a hard question! These days I could practically live on cereal so it is tough to make a decision. I love Cinnamon Chex and Berry Berry Kix these days!

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?

No.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?

Darn straight I am.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

Chocolate Peanut Butter

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

Their yes

15. RED OR PINK?

Pink.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?

I tend to freak out pretty easily and get easily overwhelmed. I hate that I can get so worked up over things and lose sleep at night over things that really don’t matter.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?

I miss living close to my family. Does that count or does this question refer to someone that has passed?

18. WHAT IS THE TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?

Budgeting.

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?

Not wearing shoes at the moment!

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookie

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

The TV is on in the background.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

Bright yellow.

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?

Babies! I cannot wait to get my hands on my new niece in a couple weeks!

24. HOW IMPORTANT ARE YOUR POLITICAL VIEWS TO YOU?

I am not overly political. I am working on making more informed decisions but the ugly hate that came out during the last election makes me hate politics.

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?

I would love either but if I had to pick, definitely beach!

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

NASCAR! Yes, I consider it a sport!

27. HAIR COLOR?

Brunette

28. EYE COLOR?

Hazel

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

Oh yes. I am as blind as a bat.

30. FAVORITE FOOD?

Donuts

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

I’m a sucker for happy endings.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

Inception

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?

White

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?

I actually prefer spring or fall but I’ll take summer over winter

35. FAVORITE DESSERT?

Red velvet cake!

36. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?

Cardio

37. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?

So hard to make a decision! I would have to say computer though because I would likely be able to find a lot of what I watch on TV online.

38. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

Simple Blogging

39. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

Don’t have one!

40. FAVORITE SOUND?

My daughter laughing

41. FAVORITE GENRE OF MUSIC?

Christian Rock

42. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?

Australia

43. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

I can roll my tongue 🙂

44. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Rome, NY

45. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?

NC

46. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?

Brick

47. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?

Silver

48. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 48 QUESTIONS?

It takes me back to MySpace days 🙂

 

How would you answer these questions? You know you want to cave to peer pressure too and go old-school and blog the answers! Leave me a link if you do!

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3 Things: Thankful, Inspired, and Excited

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A list of 3 things I am:

1-Thankful For: The miracle of adoption! November is National Adoption Month and there is nothing that has taught me more about the heart of God than adoption!

Photobucket2. Inspired By: The change in seasons – aka Halloween is now over so bring on Christmas! I totally love Thanksgiving. Really, I do and I agree with others in that it often gets the short-end of the stick as the day when we all stuff ourselves with turkey and pie to get ready for full-contact shopping at 4am the next day. However, Christmas music starts playing on my radio the day after Halloween and I start itching to decorate (don’t worry – my tree doesn’t go up until Thanksgiving) but I definitely start planning on decorating!  Just found this adorable Advent Calendar that includes Random Acts of Kindness to help our family focus on the real meaning of Christmas:

DIY Advent Calendar - Etsy
  Source: Collectively Coutore

 

3. Excited For: Vacation! We leave in less than two weeks! We aren’t going anywhere fancy but getting away is an absolute necessity! We were supposed to go to the beach this summer and then surgery happened so it got postponed but the day is drawing near! I cannot wait to get these toes back in the sand:

Countdown to Vacation

What are 3 things that you that make you thankful, inspired, and excited?

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My Favorite Things – October Edition

Every one in a while I love to do a “Few of My Favorite Things” post just to share some of the things I’m loving at the moment and maybe introduce you to a thing or two I’ve discovered either on the net or out and about!

  1. VeryJane.com

I am not sure if I have shared my love of VeryJane before or not but if I have, let me reiterate, I L-O-V-E VeryJane. If you are a big fan of shopping handmade and Etsy and have not discovered this site yet, you must check it out. I love supporting small businesses and getting a good deal so this is perfect! Actually, it is pretty dangerous. I will avoid admitting how much shopping I’ve done this month because of the cute deals! These are just a couple of the deals happening now:

VeryJane.com - Handmade Boutique Deals

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(Sidenote: I am planning on creating a Holiday Gift guide featuring shops and small businesses of fellow chronic illness warriors and those in the adoption journey so if you would like me to give your shop a shout-out please shoot me an email!)

2. Old Navy Dresses

I’ve always loved dresses but with my continuing incision issues, dresses have totally become my BFF and I am loving some of the new ones Old Navy has out for the fall! I actually own these two and cannot rave about them enough:

Favorite Fall Old Navy Dresses

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These two dresses are super comfortable and look great with flats and boots! I’m hoping to add one of these cute striped sweater dresses to my collection for my birthday!

3. Kat Von D Makeup

I love playing with makeup, especially eyeshadow. When I haven’t been digging the way clothes were working on my body, I have always been able to lean on being able to play around with my makeup (and my hair color) to add a little spunk. I’ve been a fan of Kat Von D since Miami Ink so I was excited when she started a new makeup line with Sephora. I have tried several of the products in her makeup line over the years and absolutely love her eyeshadow palettes! My favorite is Sinner but I am early awaiting Saint to come back in stock! The price is above my typical price point but the color is very pigmented and a little goes a long way so I feel like it justifies the price a bit. I also know in comparison to some of the other designer brands, it actually falls on the lower end of the spectrum. I am used to buying my make up at Wal-mart but as I am aging maturing, I am starting to care  a little more about the quality of products I am using to protect my skin. Earning cash back with Ebates does help soften the blow a bit!

4. The Lazy Leopard Earrings

I have been on the search for a set of earrings that I could wear every day in all three of my holes. It has been quite a hunt to find something I liked and then I came across the Lazy Leopard shop on Etsy and found these cute and simple spiral hoops!

Simple Spiral Earrings

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The hunt is over! They arrived on Friday and while it took patience to get them in, I am in love! If you are looking for a simple pair of earrings or a cute ear cuff, I would highly recommend this shop!

5. Ghost Hunters

I know it seems like a big shift in gears since the previous four favorites have been shopping related but since I’ve been shopping for the seasons on DVD, it isn’t too big a stretch is it? My husband makes fun of me all the time (especially being a seminary graduate) but I am in love with this show! I’m not sure what it is. Ever since the summer, I have been thinking more about whether or not I believe the paranormal exists and if so, how do I line that up with my faith. I won’t claim to have had any crazy encounters with ghosts in my life (although some crazy things happened in my dorm in college and we jokingly named the “ghost” Sally) but I do know two very strong women of faith who stand by their experiences so I have to ask myself whether or not it exists. I am totally beside myself on what to think so if you have thoughts on it and want to chat, by all means, please email me! Of course, there are a lot of people who claim that any paranormal show on TV is fake but of all I have watched I would believe this one the most and have been collecting the DVDs when I find good deals on Amazon to keep my occupied when I am bed-bound (it doesn’t hurt that there are some handsome guys with tattoos in the group either…lol)

What have been some of your favorite things lately?

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